Good morning and happy Sunday! Today I’m so happy to be sharing my fourteenth “Scripture Sunday” post with y’all. Today I did the calligraphy a little differently than usual, let me know what you think! I think I like this way because it looks a little cleaner and more professional. Anyways, as usual I’d like to throw in the fact that if the Christian religion offends you in any way, you can continue scrolling through my site and find another fashion or lifestyle post that strikes your fancy. Enjoy!
Matthew 5:16; In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Recently, in a chat during our Bible study, my friends and I began talking about how we’re supposed to represent God and Christianity. It’s sort of our duty as Christians to love others so that they can see Christ’s love through us. If our actions don’t reflect the goodness of God and Christianity, no one will want to join in. So what about those days when these “others” are getting on your very last nerve, being rude to you, not including you, etc.? Yep, your actions still need to display God’s love and acceptance.
If you ask me, the best example of this kindness can be found in my YoungLife leaders. A few of them come to our school lunches at least once a week, where they not only say hey to those of us who they already know and love as YoungLife students, but they also reach out to the kids that don’t like or just don’t come to YoungLife. They sit with them and get to know them, showing genuine interest and love for them the way Christ does in all of us. If after a few weeks they still reject my leaders’ invitation to come to YoungLife club, guess what? My leaders still continue to form that relationship with them because they want to show them that unconditional love and acceptance that God shows us. If you ask me, my YoungLife leaders are some of the best models for the way I should be treating and reaching out to others.
Honestly, I’m don’t treat others that way all the time. I don’t always represent God in a good way. I don’t always display God’s love in my actions. However, I’m always trying to become better at doing so, even though I slip up quite often. I find instruction and encouragement for doing so in Matthew 5:16. This verse says “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” This kindness and genuine interest in getting to know others for the ultimate purpose of letting them get to know Christ is referred to as “your light.” I seriously love that. The verse continues to say “that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
This week, pay special attention to the way you treat those around you. Realize what you’re doing. Are you anywhere close to accurately reflecting God’s love? I think this is something that most of us need to work on, myself included. Obviously it’s extremely hard to love others unconditionally all the time the way God does, but just give it a try. When we label ourselves as Christians, we become a little like billboards advertising God. What does yours say? Make sure the way you’re living His word out seems like a good advertisement.
Thanks for reading! Have a blessed week!